There has been a growing trend over the last 2-3 years, and it has really been gaining steam lately, almost exponentially, in markets all across the country. This trend has impacted the Midwest heartland all the way to the coasts and is being embraced by young and mature homeowners alike, across new-builds and renovations.
This is the trend towards LESS. And I don’t mean less cabinetry, projects, or re-designed rooms, I mean less curves, less ornate details, less profiles, less busyness. This can be seen in the rise in demand for slab doors, skinny Shakers, straight crowns, and flat hoods. Today I’ll share with you some terrific examples of less being more.
I’ll start with a mood board for a home office with our skinny Shaker styled door, Reese, painted with the Cast Iron color, paired with Quarter-sawn White Oak finished in our Alabaster stain.
Notice the brushed gold aluminum door frames with the brushed brass hardware, it adds a lot of design ‘punch’ with a minimal profile.
Below is another great example of our skinny Shaker door style, Reese, painted White, used on a kitchen island with a modern, clean industrial style- note the cooking herb wall garden in straight-lined planters.
Below is a kitchen in Reese Inset, painted Dove, and paired with Black Matte aluminum framed doors with an interior of Quarter-sawn White oak stained Coriander.
Aluminum frames also add a great element for minimalistic designs, while also being able to tie into the surrounding finish choices with a matching finished cabinet interior.
Below is another example of a kitchen using our minimalist Reese door in both a stain and a paint.
Here we also see a simplistic, flat styled hood, made of a concrete material, and straight, small crown moldings, all contributing to the ‘less is more’ style.
And for those times when even less door profile is wanted, we offer several gorgeous slab door styles. Here is a mood board featuring our Camden all wood slab door, shown in cherry, stained Shell Gray, paired with our Pearl paint and Sherwin Williams Slate Tile.
A Camden slab door style kitchen below, with straight, minimal crown at the top:
Slab door styles are the perfect door to pair with other door styles, as they never compete. It is a great way to introduce a complementary finish in a way that doesn’t feel busy. Below is a great example of this.
We show the Linea door style with its vertical kerfs, giving ship lap vibes. Any other door style added to Linea would be a lot visually to take in. But notice how the Camden slab in Maple with a Cashew stain just adds some warmth and dimension, and does not compete with the Linea door. And again notice the flat front of the Modern hood as well.
Another slab door style we offer in addition to our all-wood Camden is our Chroma door. Chroma is made from HDF (high density fiberboard), which is the finest surface on which to apply paint. From superior adhesion, to a velvety smooth touch, to practical elimination of movement at the joints due to humidity levels, Chroma checks all the boxes.
An all-slab door and drawer front kitchen can still have load of visual interest. With virtually any color as an option with Dura Supreme’s Personal Paint Match and Custom Color programs, you can create cabinetry that is as unique as the homeowner.
Imagine a creating a seaside cottage, or a moody study using the flat lay below with our Chroma door style in Sherwin Williams Oceanside paint, and accent wall with this reclaimed wood.
Another popular color we are beginning to see more requests for, Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2022, Evergreen Fog, shown below in a modern take on an English-styled kitchen. Notice the beaded detailing on the face frame around the Chroma doors in inset styling. The beaded face frame is a thoughtful way to add some subtle detailing to an inset slab door style.
As we look toward the future of cabinet design and what homeowners will be requesting more of, it is a pretty sure bet they will be requesting more of “less”.